This peanut butter banana smoothie bowl is super creamy with a nutty flavor that is sure to become a breakfast (or anytime) favorite!
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The smooth, creamy texture and sweet, nutty flavor make this smoothie bowl the most satisfying combination of flavors. It’s like eating the tastiest ice cream without all the extra added sugar!
What is a smoothie bowl?
Smoothie bowls are thicker, creamier versions of a smoothie that are thick enough to eat with a spoon and topped with a variety of mix-ins (without them sinking to the bottom!). They are slightly reminiscent of a bowl of soft-serve ice cream without all the extra sugar!
This banana smoothie bowl gets its creamy, nutty flavor from just 5 simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Bananas – to give the smoothie bowl a rich flavor and thick texture, you’ll need 2 frozen, sliced bananas.
- Greek Yogurt – a ½ cup of full fat Greek yogurt adds creaminess to the bowl.
- Milk – a ½ cup of milk helps smooth out the smoothie bowl.
- Peanut Butter – 2 tablespoons of peanut butter give just enough nutty flavor to balance out the banana.
- Cinnamon – a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon gives the smoothie bowl a warm, toasty note.
Topping Ideas and Variations
There are so many tasty variations of toppings that would work with this recipe! Here are some suggestions:
- Fresh Fruit – fresh, sliced banana gives some extra creamy sweetness
- Chia Seeds – add a little pop of texture and additional fiber and antioxidants
- Coconut Flakes – unsweetened coconut flakes add a slight nuttiness and natural sweetness
- Granola – granola adds big crunch and texture. Purely Elizabeth is my go to!
- Peanut Butter – a drizzle of peanut butter adds a little extra flavor
- Crushed Peanuts – another great textural component to give some crunch to the bowl
Best Blender for Smoothie Bowls
To make the best and thickest smoothie bowls, you’ll want to use a high speed blender. This allows you to use less liquid overall, which consequently helps maintain the thick texture you want for a smoothie bowl. A powerful blender is also going to process your ingredients to get the creamiest, smoothest texture.
How to Make
To make your peanut butter banana smoothie bowl, it’s just a few steps!
- Add ingredients – add all your ingredients into the blender.
- Blend – blend on high until smooth.
- Pour and top – pour your blended smoothie into a bowl and add your toppings (if desired).
How to Make Thick Smoothie Bowls
The true key to a thick smoothie bowl is to use as many frozen ingredients as possible. Here are a few ideas:
- Frozen bananas – which seems an obvious choice in this peanut butter BANANA smoothie bowl, but frozen bananas, in general, provide the thickest, creamiest texture. This makes excellent use of those over-ripe bananas sitting on your countertop. Slice and freeze them for use in a smoothie bowl!
- Freeze your liquid – use an ice cube tray to freeze some of your milk or Greek yogurt.
- Use a high powered blender – this will allow you to ultimately use less liquid, which helps keep your smoothie bowl a thicker consistency.
Is this smoothie bowl healthy?
Yes! This peanut butter banana smoothie bowl has healthy fats from the peanut butter and Greek yogurt, as well as protein. The nutrients from bananas, including potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, which help support your digestive system and blood pressure regulation.
Can you make this smoothie bowl ahead of time?
You can certainly make your smoothie bowl ahead of time, but will get the thickest consistency straight out of the blender (especially if you are using frozen fruits and/or liquids). If you’re making it ahead of time, you’ll want to store your smoothie bowl portions in airtight containers in the fridge and consume within 3 days. If you want to try to maintain the thick and creamy texture, but also want a faster prep, you can measure and freeze your smoothie bowl ingredients (minus the milk) together in a bag for a super quick assembly when you’re ready–just dump frozen ingredients, add milk and blend!
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl
- 2 bananas sliced-then-frozen
- ½ cup full-fat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Toppings fresh fruit, coconut flakes, chia, nuts, granola, etc
- Add all ingredients into the blender.
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour your blended smoothie into a bowl and add your toppings (if desired).
- Serve and enjoy!